The Moths of Suffolk
2068 Scarlet Tiger, Callimorpha dominula, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Wingspan details : Forewing 23-27mm, Wingspan 52-68mm

Local Status : Locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Larval foodplants : Polyphagous, particularly Common Comfrey, Hemp-argimony and Hound's-tongue, Common Nettle, Bramble, sallows, Honeysuckle and Meadowsweet

Habitats : Fens, marshes, riverbanks and damp meadows

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very rare, and now probably confined to Barton Mills. Kesgrave, a few larvae (Gr); Tuddenham (Garrett); Mildenhall, and specimens on the wing at Barton Mills (T. & J. Brown): ante 1890. Our sole later records are of two taken at Barton Mills in June 1896 by the late E.G. J. Sparke, and now? in his coll. in Bury Museum; and one at Brandon, 5 July 1937 (Hawley).

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCream-spot Tiger, Arctia villica

Compare confusion species
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Stubhampton, Dorset (vii.2004) © N Sherman

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Mating pair - Portland, Dorset (vii.2004) © N Sherman
Trapped by Bill Last - Chepstow, Monmouthshire (vii.2015) © Neil Sherman
Trapped by Bill Last - Chepstow, Monmouthshire (vii.2015) © Neil Sherman